Young children need to enjoy balanced lifestyles and diets to keep in good health. Fundamental nutrients and vitamins assist the body in growing and developing soundly. Vitamin D is one of the body’s most crucial vitamins. Of the many roles it plays, a vital one concerns calcium absorption. Vitamin D helps the body absorb more calcium, also aiding the process by which calcium fortifies the bones. Without a daily dose of vitamin D, your child’s bones are likely to be more vulnerable to breakage or fracturing.
How do I obtain vitamin D?
Vitamin D is found in moderate amounts in several food items, including eggs, liver and fatty fish such as sardines. Most of the foods that comprise children’s daily diets are not rich in vitamin D, however, hence the importance of supplements. Our skin harnesses the sun’s radiation to create vitamin D, which is why outdoor play and moderate sun exposure (outside peak sunburn hours) are important for children’s health and for healthy bone development.
The prevalence of vitamin d deficiency
Because of the vitamin’s relatively low occurrence in major food staples, vitamin D deficiency was once widespread and related conditions affecting children particularly (such as rickets, which results in children’s bones being brittle and misshapen) were common. In the Northern Hemisphere, widely adopted measures to fortify milk with vitamin D saw a drastic reduction in rickets.
Even though the prevalence of conditions related to vitamin D deficiency has dropped considerably over the last few centuries, it is nonetheless important to encourage your child to spend time in the sun for at least twenty minutes, three times per week. Consuming foods fortified with vitamin D, such as fortified milk, can provide your child with as much as 30% of his or her daily vitamin D